Synthesis of functionalized benzimidazoles via oxidative tandem quartic C-H aminations and cleavage of C-N and C-C bonds.

2021 
Via aerobic copper-catalyzed tandem quartic C-H aminations, we herein present an unprecedented approach for the synthesis of functionalized benzimidazoles from aniline derivatives and 2-substituted cyclic amines. The cyclic amines act as the CN building blocks and are involved in the annulation reaction by cleavage of inert α-C-N and β-C-C bonds. The synthetic protocol features high selectivity, no need for specific aminating agents, mild conditions, and the use of a naturally abundant [Cu]/O2 catalyst system.
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